8.4/10
45,491
139 user 184 critic

The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Crime | 7 August 2009 (USA)
Trailer
2:16 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $5.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director:

Louie Psihoyos

Writer:

Mark Monroe
Won 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Blackfish (2013)
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Documentary | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy
Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader
Food, Inc. (2008)
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos
Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos
Grizzly Man (2005)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog
Citizenfour (2014)
Documentary | Biography | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras
Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney
Super Size Me (2004)
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne
Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson
Inside Job (2010)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson
Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard O'Barry ... Himself (as Ric O'Barry)
Louie Psihoyos ... Himself
Hardy Jones Hardy Jones ... Himself
Michael Illiff Michael Illiff ... Himself
Joji Morishita Joji Morishita ... Himself
Ian Campbell Ian Campbell ... Himself
Paul Watson ... Himself (as Captain Paul Watson)
Doug DeMaster Doug DeMaster ... Himself
Dave Rastovich Dave Rastovich ... Himself / Surfer
Charles Hambleton ... Himself
Hayato Sakurai Hayato Sakurai ... Himself
Kazutaka Sangen Kazutaka Sangen ... Himself
Simon Hutchins Simon Hutchins ... Himself
Joe Chisholm Joe Chisholm ... Himself
Mandy-Rae Cruikshank Mandy-Rae Cruikshank ... Herself / Freediver
Edit

Storyline

Richard O'Barry was the man who captured and trained the dolphins for the television show Flipper (1964). O'Barry's view of cetaceans in captivity changed from that experience when as the last straw he saw that one of the dolphins playing Flipper - her name being Kathy - basically committed suicide in his arms because of the stress of being in captivity. Since that time, he has become one of the leading advocates against cetaceans in captivity and for the preservation of cetaceans in the wild. O'Barry and filmmaker 'Louie Psihoyos (I)' go about trying to expose one of what they see as the most cruel acts against wild dolphins in the world in Taiji, Japan, where dolphins are routinely corralled, either to be sold alive to aquariums and marine parks, or slaughtered for meat. The primary secluded cove where this activity is taking place is heavily guarded. O'Barry and Psihoyos are well known as enemies by the authorities in Taiji, the authorities who will use whatever tactic to expel the... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shallow Water. Deep Secret.

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rising See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,640, 2 August 2009

Gross USA:

$857,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,162,422
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

People Concerned for the Ocean, a local Taiji activist group, distributed DVDs in March of 2011 of the film, dubbed in Japanese, to all 3,500 residents of Taiji. See more »

Quotes

Richard O'Barry: The thing that turned me around was the death of Flipper, of Cathy. She was really depressed. I could feel it. I could see it. And she committed suicide in my arms. That's a very strong word, suicide. But you have to understand dolphins and other whales are not automatic air breathers, like we are. Every breath they take is a conscious effort. And so they can end their life whenever life becomes too unbearable by not taking the next breath. And it's in that context I use the word suicide. She ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the end credits there is a humorous scene involving the team's Whale Blimp and local police. See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Smile
Music by Charles Chaplin
Words by John Turner & Geoffrey Parsons
© Copyright by Nat King Cole
Produced and Arranged by MATTER Music
Performed & Sung by Gaby Moreno & Chris Joyner
Courtesy of MATTER Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Important movie, powerful and beautifully shot
23 August 2009 | by iris-izumiSee all my reviews

This is an important movie, not only because of the content matter, but also because it demonstrates the capacity for people to care with such passion and conviction. The movie is cleverly presented, taking you on an emotional and eye-opening journey, and building to a powerful climax.

I personally found the movie to be moving and beautiful, and by far one of the most exciting and powerful documentaries I have ever seen. I am hugely impressed by the film makers ability to translate their experiences and passion into a very well made movie, and hope they inspire others to do the same.


108 of 165 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 139 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed